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Hawaii Senate Bill 232


Hawaii Senate Bill 232

Senate Bill 232
Seal of the State of Hawaii
Hawaii State Legislature
Relating to Civil Unions
Citation Act 1, Regular Session, Session Laws of Hawaii 2011
Territorial extent State of Hawaii
Enacted by Hawaii State Legislature
Date passed February 16, 2011
Date signed February 23, 2011
Signed by Governor Neil Abercrombie
Date commenced January 1, 2012
Legislative history
Bill SB232
Bill citation Senate Bill No. 232
Introduced by Brickwood Galuteria
Committee report House Standing Committee Report No. 156
Extends the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union.
Status: In force
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
Rights in Hawaii

Baehr v. Lewin (1993)
Baehr v. Miike (1996, 1999)
Constitutional Amendment 2 (1998)
House Bill 444 (2009)
Senate Bill 232 (2011)
Hawaii Marriage Equality Act (2013)

Equality Hawaii

LGBT rights in the United States
Same-sex marriage in Hawaii
Reciprocal beneficiary relationships in Hawaii
LGBT history in Hawaii

LGBT Portal

Hawaii Senate Bill 232 is a 2011 law which legalizes state recognition of civil unions in the state after January 1, 2012. Initiated in the Hawaii Senate and substantively similar to 2010's Hawaii House Bill 444, which was vetoed by then-Governor Linda Lingle. SB232 was backed by her successor, Neil Abercrombie.

The bill was passed on January 26, 2011, by the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee in a 3–2 vote[1] and was passed by the full Senate 19-6 on January 28.[2] A modification to the bill was then made in the House of Representatives before passage on February 11 by a vote of 31–19,;[3][4] the Senate passed the modified bill on February 16 by a vote of 18–5.

Abercrombie's office confirmed after the passage of the bill by the Legislature that he would sign the bill within 10 legislative days of the passage, and the bill was signed into law as Act 1[5] on February 23.[6]


As of the passed modification of the bill by the House on February 11, the bill provides for an extension of the privileges provided by the current regime of reciprocal beneficiary relationships in the state. The extension will essentially make civil unions performed and recognized in Hawaii compatible with civil unions and domestic partnerships performed in other states of the United States where such unions are legalized for same-sex couples.


  1. ^ Staff (January 24, 2011). "Civil unions bill advances out of Senate committee". Honolulu Star Adviser. 
  2. ^ "Hawaii Senate approves same-sex civil unions". Associated Press via NECN Boston. January 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (February 11, 2011). "Hawaii House passes same-sex civil unions bill". KHON 2. 
  4. ^ BJ Reyes (February 11, 2011). "House approves civil unions bill in 31–19 vote". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 
  5. ^ Chad Blair (February 23, 2011). "Hawaii Civil Unions Signed Into Law". Honolulu Civil Beat. 
  6. ^ "B.J. Reyes". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. February 23, 2011. 

External links

  • Hawaii State Legislature 2011 SB232 Measure History
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